The Desktop Rebuild–Part 2

You can read part 1, but that’s more about the (initial) hardware changes. This one looks at getting moving on the new desktop. Note, that since I changed the MB/CPU/Boot disk, I decided to reinstall Windows as well on a new disk to ensure I wouldn’t have more issues.

Having a new Windows desktop is a bit disconcerting. After all, many of us techies are used to loading more and more programs and documents onto our systems. We have lots of history with our machines, and Windows hasn’t always made it easy to move things. OSX is better, but I can’t build a Mac, or at least, I don’t want to.

In this case, I still had me 2nd, 3rd, and 4th drives connected. The contained most of my documents, pictures, and application code. However, certainly some things needed to be installed.

The first thing I did with the new Windows 10 is run Edge and then go here:

2016-06-23 23_37_58-Chocolatey ‎- Microsoft Edge

I used to go get Chrome or Firefox right away, but I have a better way now. I use chocolatey. Once I get here, I first open a Command Prompt as Administrator and run this:

@powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString('https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1'))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\chocolatey\bin

Once that finishes, I can begin installing things. In my case, I have a list of packages I want to install in a folder on my Dropbox. However, I need to get Dropbox first.

choco install dropbox


choco install passwordsafe

Once that’s done, I log in (getting my password from my phone, and then I can run the rest of my installs, using Password Safe to get my passwords.

choco install googlechrome
choco install greenshot
choco install conemu
choco install firefox
choco install sublimetext3
choco install evernote

I have Chrome and Firefox linked to an account, so my bookmarks come right over when I log in. SQL has to be installed separately, as does Office from my O365 account. I prefer to do Visual Studio myself, but these command line installs get me up and running.

Fortunately I keep a copy of the .iso’s for those programs and can just run them.

I also needed to flash my BIOS, which was easy, but I needed to download the newest file from ASRock and put it on a flash drive for a reboot. That went without a hitch, and I now have two monitor support again.

Photo Jun 24, 10 33 59 AM

I still need to adjust my monitor and also get a new video card to support the third monitor, but that’s for another day.

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